I’m Elisa – Textile Design student at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland (expected graduation 2020), and weaving enthusiast. My interest in woven textiles started in the first year of my degree and eventually took me to Japan for a 1-year exchange at Joshibi University of Art and Design, where I had the chance to learn a number of traditional Japanese weaving and dyeing techniques.

Weaving fascinates me because of its simultaneously somewhat restricting and yet very spontaneous nature—although the loom’s initial set-up limits possibilities quite a bit, small variations allow for a multitude of textures, structures and looks. With different set-ups, then, virtually anything’s possible!

I’m inspired by colours and textures, seasons, nature, architecture, street art, historical artefacts, traditional handicrafts… When designing a fabric or a product I try to envision what kind of a look I’d want to create, and then think about what kind of design and technique would allow for me to realise just that. I like to think of my design process as a continuous path, as every completed sample and project sparks ideas for several new ones.

In my free time I’m a music & food lover, amateur photographer and knitting & sewing enthusiast. I have an avid interest in languages and linguistics, which I’m always happy to learn more about. I also have a BA in Art History (McGill University ’13) so visual arts are something I really enjoy as well.

My designer philosophy (blog post)


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